I’m excited, it looks like there will definitely be another Cool Tools for School learning program for this coming school year. Based on the feedback from the BOCES School Library Systems that participated last year, we’ll have enough participants to run it again. And room to offer it to other regions as well.
After we got started last year, I heard from some SLS directors who said they wished they had known about the project. So this year, I want to make sure everyone knows about it.
For those not familiar with the project, here are some details. The program is conducted completely online. New lessons/topics are posted on a regular basis over about 6 months and participants choose 5 or 10 topics to explore and then write blog posts about their learning. This project was modeled after Helene Blowers innovative 23 Things project that has been replicated and reinvented many times over the past 8 years.
Last year, we offered 20 different topics for participants to choose from since many people were participating in the program for a second time. There will be more new topics this year. Professional development hours are awarded by each BOCES SLS. Each system used their own methods for deciding who and how many could participate, depending on budget constraints. Many systems encouraged librarians to collaborate with other teachers.
For more information, take a look at the About the Project and FAQ pages on the project website. If your SLS is interested in participating, let me know and I’ll send you more details. My gmail account is pollyalida, twitter is @pollyalida or post in the SLS Cool Tools Facebook group.
One of my favorite tools, Edshelf, was slated to close down soon. But that was before the education community started to campaign to #saveedshelf. This encouragement spurred Mike Lee, the brains behind Edshelf, to start a kickstarter to help save it.
What is Edshelf? Find out via this quick video from Michael Britt.
Basically, it’s an awesome directory of education tools with reviews and ratings by educators. It’s easy to find resources, add them to your own curated boards and then embed them on your web pages. Know of tools not in the directory? Add them! Follow other educators and benefit from their knowledge and expertise. It’s an invaluable treasure trove.
I recently mentioned to a colleague that if we had to, we could walk into a workshop on a moment’s notice and get through the session by having participants explore the resources and tools in Edshelf. And it would be a great session!
I’ve written about how much I like Edshelf before and others have written & spoken more eloquently than me about it’s value.
Basically, Edshelf saves you time and makes you look even smarter than you already are! Isn’t that worth a donation to the kickstarter? And besides, cool t-shirt anyone??
Interesting learning opportunity Begins Feb 24 – free edX MOOC on library advocacy being offered by Wendy Newman, Gwen Harris and Colleen Dineen – U of Toronto iSchool.
Learn how to be a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Be informed, strategic, courageous, passionate, and unshushed!
About this Course
How can we strengthen libraries and librarians in the advancement of knowledge, creativity, and literacy in the 21st century? Though libraries have been loved for over 3,600 years, their relevance in the digital age is being questioned, and their economic and social impacts are poorly understood. What is really essential ab (more…)
We’re moving into the final planning phases for launching the 2013-14 Cool Tools For School learning project on November 4! We have a whole bunch of New York State School Library System regions participating. Some are returning for another round and there are some new groups.
For folks who have participated before we have And for those who are totally new, we’ll have updated versions of the original ten topics. The schedule and list of topics will be listed on the Cool Tools site soon. TEN NEW THINGS!
Participating systems are listed below. (more…)
On July 10, the students and alumni at San Jose State U School of Library & Information Science launched a terrific new 23 Things learning program. The program was designed for SJSU SLIS library school students and alumni, but the content will be available for anyone to follow along on their own.
The 23 Things for SLIS Students and Alumni: Essential Skills for Success will encompass 23 technologies and skills recommended for SJSU SLIS students and alumni by SLIS students and alumni. These technologies will be presented in a module format taking the participant through weekly 20-30 minute tutorials followed by an exercise to demonstrate learning.
The topics will cover tech tools of value to new students, professional development and presentations, and resources for new LIS professionals. Whether you’re an LIS student or not, take a look and pick some modules to learn some new skills, you won’t earn the fun badges, but you’ll learn something new! Or consider adapting the program to implement at your own school, complete with badges. And who doesn’t like badges.
(via: Tame the Web)
I’ve had several requests to run another round of the Cool Tools for Schools project starting in October 2013. It would be great to get a few more BOCES SLS regions involved as well.
If you’re not familiar with the project, it’s an online learning program based on the original 23 Things Learning 2.0 program developed by Helene Blowers. Participants read through an online lesson, explore tools and examples, then do a learning activity to gain experience with the tools covered in each lesson.
Goals for the program are:
- Gain familiarity with a variety of technology tools and explore how they can be used in K12 settings.
- Opportunities to make connections with other educators and develop collaborations.
- Increased confidence in exploring technology tools.
The two Cool Tools programs that have just finished running are:
If you want to hear more about whether the program was valuable to the participants, the SLS Directors of the participating regions will be happy to share their experience with you.
And I’ll be happy to provide you with additional information about fees and how the programs are structured.